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On the Banks of the Nile
  • Prosper Marilhat (1811 - 1847)
  • On the Banks of the Nile
  • France
  • c. 1833 - 1840
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 30.7 x 45 cm
    Frame size: 62 x 75.5 x 10 cm
    Frame size: 46.5 x 60.5 x 2.5 cm, sub frame
  • Signature: 'P.MARILHAT.'
  • P293
  • Reserve Gallery
Further Reading
  • Before moving to Paris and becoming a pupil of Camille Roqueplan, c.1829, Marilhat had already painted his earliest landscapes in his native region of Puy-de-Dôme and the Auvergne. In 1831-33 he visited the Middle East, at first accompanying the naturalist Baron Karl von Hügel. He brought back many studies and established a considerable reputation for himself as an Orientalist painter as well as a portraitist. In his last years he became insane and he died in an asylum. He was a pioneer painter of naturalistic Oriental scenes such as this picture (cf. Marilhat, 'Beni Suef on the Nile', P356).